September 16 2012 Beer and Brewing Newsletter
Must Have Beer Tools
If you are a true connoisseur of beer, you will keep at least one bottle opener on your person at all times. It’s not a sign of alcoholism. For craft beer enthusiasts, it is a sign of geekism.
Beer in the Philippines
Balut would be a new experience for most of us who live in America, but how many of us would dare to try it if we lived in the Philippines?
Converting Wine Lovers to Beer Enthusiasts
Sensory specialists have long suspected that women have a high level of sophistication regarding taste. Research shows that 35% of women in the United States are supertasters, compared with only 15% of men.
Fruity Esters in Beer
How often have you thought of peaches as an exotic fruit? That soft, fuzzy outer skin, bright with colors of red and yellow, begs you to touch it, to hold it in your hand.
Exuberance of English Bitters
Comfort in that which is bitter ... why then, do so many Americans shun the
bitter and gravitate to the sweet?
From the Beer Fox Archives:
Organic Beer - Going Green for the Earth
Go green, young man, go green! is the new phrase of advice for the youth of our planet. Although I remember this adage from my grandmother and great aunts, as they grew their own vegetables and put up (as they called it)everything from peaches and jellies to corn and spaghetti sauce, I seem to have...
Beer Fox Tip of the Week
If you are preparing to travel to another country, use the Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver with assistance by Horst Dornbusch, as a guide. The section on drinking customs, written by Roger Protz, outlines a brief synopsis of both old and modern traditions that can keep you from becoming an "ugly American" in another culture. For example, in China, "drinkers cause offense if they switch beverages: if a toast is made with beer, then beer must continue to be the chosen drink." Beer in Britain and Australia is bought in "rounds" or "shouts." American craft brewers are expected to offer hospitality to visiting fellow brewers (a tour and a beer), even if the visiting brewer is completely unexpected.
Beer Fox Laugh of the Week
- Coffee keeps me busy until it's acceptable to drink beer.
- I tried cooking dinner with beer tonight...didn't go so well. After 5 glasses, I forgot why I was even in the kitchen.
- It doesn't matter whether the glass is half full or half empty. There is clearly room for more beer, so top it off!
- I drink beer because I don't like to keep things bottled up.
- I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned how to swim.
- Beer... cheaper than Botox and paralyzes more muscles.
- The secret of enjoying good beer: 1) Open the bottle and allow it to breathe. 2) If it does not look like it's breathing, give it mouth-to-mouth.
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Nominate yourself at http://www.rogue.com You could be the next President of Vice or one of 34 other crazy designations. Only Rogue Nation members can vote, so be sure to sign up as a member. It's free and it's easy.
Beer Fests and Events:
It's coming up! Do you have your plane tickets?
Great American Beer Festival - October 11-13, 2012 - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, USA - the largest ticketed beer festival in the country featuring craft beers from every corner of the USA, Farm to Table Pavilion, Brewer's Studio, Beer and Food Pavilion, You Be the Judge, Silent Disco, the American Homebrewers Association, Bookstore and Book Signings, Support your Local Brewery Pavilion, Craft Beer Guilds, Pro-Am Competition, and the GABF Commercial Competition. Whew! Public Tickets go on sale August 2, 2012 For info:
Craft Beer of the Week Award
Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA - Haymarket Pub and Brewery, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Belgian IPA (American Belgo) 7.5% ABV
The golden yellow body and creamy head of froth emits aromas of bread, spice and earthy yeast. Florals and orange sit in the shadows. On the palate, honey, bubblegum, and fresh bread merge with a zesty lemon/orange zing, spiciness, light florals and earth. Fresher than springtime, but spicy like a Flamenco dancer in heat. Truly inspiring!
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